The surgical treatment of retinal detachment has a success rate of nearly 80%. Early treatment is the key to good visual prognosis.
The outcome also depends on the area of detached retina. If the macula is involved the chances to central visual recovery is poor. New holes, tears or traction can again cause a retinal detachment. Close follow up by an ophthalmologist is required even after the surgery so any signs of a new tear or hole can be immediately treated before it progresses to a detachment. Useful vision can be restored if reparative surgery is performed early.